A National DISGRACE | Martin Webster | Podcast #184

A National Disgrace, features Martin Webster chatting with Chris Thrall. In Iraq 2003, Corporal Martin Webster filmed fellow British soldiers ‘dealing with’ youths during a war. Two years later, a British newspaper obtained his footage and the story led to outrage across the world. In March 2007, Martin approached three filmmakers to tell his story.

A National DISGRACE | Martin Webster | Podcast #184

A National Disgrace, features Martin Webster chatting with Chris Thrall. In Iraq 2003, Corporal Martin Webster filmed fellow British soldiers ‘dealing with’ youths during a war. Two years later, a British newspaper obtained his footage and the story led to outrage across the world. In March 2007, Martin approached three filmmakers to tell his story.

Transcript from ‘A National Disgrace’ podcast.

Chris – I will hold my hand up and say when I first saw that footage, because of the power of the media, it really just seems like, ‘Oh my God, this is British soldiers behaving badly. You know, what are they doing oh lads, you’re letting us down. When I watched your documentary again, I just felt the way it had been completely spun and yes, all of the backstory and the context was stripped out to make it look like you were the biggest, you know what on the planet.

Martin – What was it all for? I’ve spent the last ten years with therapists trying to figure out who I am. You’re always constantly looking back and reviewing. Through ‘Diary of a disgraced soldier’, I couldn’t have made that film any better, it’s just the untouched frustration of what what I’ve been through.

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Horror Of War Ste Nicholls | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast #163

Horror of war with Ste Nicholls. An open and frank discussion between former Royal Marines Commando Chris Thrall and Rifleman Ste Nicholls about war and the causes, effects and management of childhood and adult trauma (PTSD).

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Horror Of War  Ste Nicholls

Ste Nicholls talks about the  horror of war. The causes, effects and management of childhood and adult trauma (PTSD). This follows on from ‘The Gap’ interview in which John Dennett, a World War Two veteran, sat down with Ste, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, to discuss their experiences of war.

Transcript from ‘Horror Of War’ featuring Ste Nicholls

C – For friends at home, Steve’s got his own podcast which we will put links to underneath. You talk a lot about trauma, it comes up a lot on this my podcast and it’s something I’ve got experience of.  I think it’s only us guys who are making links between childhood trauma and upheaval. A typical sort of character whom will join the military and maybe feel a bit different. A sort of misplaced person in society.

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Britain’s Super Soldier | Captain Daz Hardy | Podcast #168

Captain Daz Hardy, formerly an a British Army PTI, overcame debilitating trauma to become ‘Britain’s Super Soldier’. In this episode we discuss his recent efforts to save the life of a little girl.

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Britain’s Super Soldier Captain Daz Hardy

Captain Daz Hardy, formerly an a British Army PTI, overcame debilitating trauma to become ‘Britain’s Super Soldier’. In this episode we discuss his recent efforts to save the life of a little girl. Please give something: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraisin…

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Transcript from ‘Britain’s Super Soldier Captain Daz Hardy’

C – So for people watching,  there’s going to be a donation link below to support Aggie. Can I please ask our veterans family, because this is what we do best. Share this on all the social-media pages folks because you know we can try and do a good thing here. I’m always very proud of the the veterans community.

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UK And EU Army? Our Orwellian Future | Podcast #159

‘Will UK military merge with EU Army?’ is the question I asked former para signaler, Mike McCarthy, a director of Veterans for Truth. Mike explains to me why the UK military has no choice but to become part of the EU army defence force. It has already been decided.

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‘Will UK military merge with EU Army?’

‘Are we heading for a 1984-like Orwellian future’ and ‘will the UK military merge with EU Army?’ is the fascinating podcast chat Chris Thrall had with former parachute regiment signaler Mike McCarthy.

Transcript from ‘Will UK military merge with EU Army? Podcast #159

C – How are you?

M – Good my brother. I’ve just been out on the hills and I’ve spent my whole day up there, so it was a great. The weather started out as such a beautiful day here in southern Ireland and then the hail came down. So we had a hail storm. We had everything today. The weather was wonderful and great anyway.

C – It is so important to get out mate isn’t it and to make that connection with nature so we don’t get too freaking tunnel-visioned by all this technological, urban, ugliness.

M -You’ve got to be out rain or shine, every single day and yes it’s beautiful. I think it was Kurt Vonnegut whom said, ‘We’re here to have a good time and don’t let anyone tell you different’. Whatever we’re going through, this is the day we’ve been given and we should make it a good one. I try and do that everyday.

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SAS Paras Royal Marines To Be REBRANDED EU! | #158

SAS Paras & Royal Marines to be rebranded by The EU! We’re losing the control and identity of our UK armed forces to the European Defence Forces and the ‘global’ agenda.

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SAS Paras & Royal Marines To Be REBRANDED EU!

SAS Paras & Royal Marines To Be REBRANDED EU! We’re losing the control and identity of our UK armed forces to the European Defence Forces and the ‘global’ agenda. No one knows or cares!

Transcript snippet from ‘SAS Paras & Royal Marines To Be REBRANDED EU!’

C – Hello Dave and what have you got for me this week. Is the face of the Royal Marines changing for the better or worse?

D – Very good morning to you Chris and a big shout out to all the fellow bootnecks and frontline units there. Well we’ve sort of rounded the revelations made yesterday at the defence committee and we’ve had this integrated review finally being released. It’s full but of course what they’ve done over the previous months is this stuff keeps being drifted out in little snippets. Just as if it’s like a softening up exercise. So there’s several things happening in the same time frame. So let’s go with the Royal Marines and Stonehouse. We’ve got the same M.O. as drifting this stuff out in the press, so they want to shut Stonehouse. That’s the cultural centre of the Royal Marines. We’re seeing this gambit of a Rangers force coming in. The concept of this unification of our military was articulated by our permanent secretary back in 2015.

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UK To Lose Autonomy Of Military & Defence Industry | #153

UK to lose autonomy of military and defence industry, even after Great Britain has left The European union.

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UK To Lose Autonomy Of Military & Defence Industry

David Ellis and I discuss the extreme likelihood that the UK military will become a part of the EU Defence Force despite Brexit.

Transcript from ‘UK To Lose Autonomy Of Military & Defence Industry’

C – David how are you Sir?

D – Good morning Chris, how are you?

C – Yes mate good. I had an email recently from a former special forces veteran, that said I need to speak to you and I’m aware of your work because I think just being in this field you get to know what certain people are doing, especially the movers and shakers. Hence we’re having this chat. I think we share not just joint concerns about let’s call it the appropriation of our very loyal military, but I know you and I see at at a structural level which I why I welcome you onto the podcast. It’s quite difficult for me because I don’t like to talk about the good guys and bad guys, it’s just not that helpful. What I like to do is look at what’s happening in the world today. Why is it like this? Who is controlling it?

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Agent Handler ‘Bernie’ | Unarmed Combat Instructor | #60

Agent handler ‘Bernie’ features Bernie chatting with Chris Thrall on the ‘Bought the T-shirt’ podcast.

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Agent Handler ‘Bernie’

Bernie was born in South London and joined the Royal Marines in 1973. During his twenty-four year military career, he served with 45, 40 and 41 Royal Marine Commandos, was attached to the Special Boat Service and also engaged in special duties in Northern Ireland. After his retirement from the Corps, Bernie joined the London Security ‘Circuit’ as a contractor and covered a variety of roles over a twenty year period, ranging from body-guarding an Arab Royal family to providing media security protection to news teams in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He has recently retired from working as a US DOD contractor teaching intelligence methods to the Iraqi and Afghan Army. He has started to write and uses this experience to enhance the realism of his books/scripts, penned under the name W.T.Delaney.

Transcript from ‘Agent Handler ‘Bernie’ podcast

Chris and Bernie

C – Bernie, how are you mate?

B – I’m fine Chris, fine.

C – Are we allowed to say were in the world you are, it’s not going to get you a target on you.

B – No it’s fine, I’m in Spain, in the lockdown of all lockdowns. It’s like being under the Stasi over here mate.

C – Bernie, I’m just going to say a few key words here which apparently work well for promoting our video when it goes on YouTube, that’s not actually the reason I do it but it helps the people at home to know what sort of thing we’re going to be talking about. So we’re going to be talking about the royal marines, unarmed combat, MI5, the intelligence services, the middle east and body guarding…

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Army Commando Joins Special Boat Service | #68

Army Commando Joins Special Boat Service, features Dean who took part in some of the most daring and dangerous operations in recent times.

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Army Commando Joins Special Boat Service

Dean joined the Britain’s elite Special Boat Service (SBS) and took part of some of the most daring and dangerous operations in recent times. But then, following a horrific parachuting accident, Dean’s dream career was cut short, and he was put to its toughest test.

Transcript from ‘Army Commando Joins Special Boat Service’ podcast

Chris and Dean

C – Dean how are you brother?

D – I’m alright yourself?

C – Yes, I can’t complain. I’ve been in the garden for the last half hour, and my God I’m not one of these people who says that it’s too hot because it can never be too hot. Bloody hell it’s hot.

D – I’m in Aberdeen and it’s over twenty five degrees here, people are spontaneously combusting in Scotland.

C – Are they still blue?

D – Yeah, but they’ve gone a little bit white now.

C – Massive thanks for joining us mate, especially at such short notice. It’s all kicking off for you now then with your book released.

D – Yeah they hardback was released in October, and yesterday the paperback was released and we’re supposed to be out and about promoting it, but because of the current situation, I haven’t been able to do that and attend literacy festivals and other events that we had scheduled. So it’s all had to be via social media.

C – Well I don’t think that’s a bad thing to be honest.

D – Right, I think there’s been a lot of positives on this period. I don’t believe in the phrase we’re all in the same boat, because we’ve all got different boats and people in all sorts of different situations…

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1 Para In Iraq | Steve Mathews | SFSG | #69

Steve Mathews fought with 1 Para in Iraq and went on to serve with the Special Forces Support Group. We learn from Steve all about the airborne brigade and it’s parachute course, plus his experience working alongside our Special Air Service and Special Boat Service.

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1 Para In Iraq | Steve Mathews | SFSG

Steve Mathews fought with 1 Para in Iraq and went on to serve with the Special Forces Support Group. Steve explains all about the airborne brigade, the death of the military policeman at at Majar al-Kabir, how 1 Para almost jumped into battle, how the parachute course is run and his current work as a civilian security contractor in Iraq. We discuss the parachute course at Brize Norton including the skyvan and the old balloon jump, and what it like to work alongside the Special Air Force (SAS) and Special Boat Service (SBS) and training, tactics and weapons.

Transcript from ‘1 Para In Iraq | Steve Mathews | SFSG’ podcast

Chris and Steve

C – Steve how are you brother?

S – I’m good thank you how are you?

C – I’m very well mate, thank you for asking. You’re in Iraq as we speak?

S – Yeah, currently on lockdown in Baghdad, Iraq yeah.

C – What position are you holding in there?

S – I’m basically working for a private security company. Part of the regional management team. So we basically oversee all the projects in our region and provide support for those projects.

C – If we go back to the beginning, it was 1 Para you were in?

S – Yeah, so I left school in the year 2000, always wanted to join the military, I had three other family members in the parachute regiment at the time, so my allegiance was to the parachute regiment. I was too young to join as an adult entry, so my only option was to go to the army foundation college in Harrogate…

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Stolen Valor Exposed | The Truth Behind Walter Mitty #70

Stolen valor exposed, sees Chris chatting with Ben regarding the truth behind eteran impersonation.

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Stolen Valor Exposed The Truth Behind Walter Mitty

My most heroic guest to date helps me explore the truth behind veteran impersonation aka Water Mitty or Stolen Valor (valour – UK spelling)

Transcript snippet from ‘Stolen Valor Exposed | The Truth Behind Walter Mitty’ podcast

Chris and Ben

C – Ben, how are you brother?

B – I’m doing good how are you?

C – Running out of clever replies, that probably aren’t really that clever.

B – When someone asks me this at work or whatever my usual reply when someone asks me how are you? I answer loving life. No matter what type of day it is, it’s positive affirmation. Sometimes good is just as sufficient, but I think if you say that enough times it gets contagious and other people start to say it whether they mean it or not.

C – I don’t mean to be rude to my guests but they’ve got to sort out the way they fricking speak man. All this “I’m good”. This is England, we’re British and we’re very proud about that. We’re not nationalistic but we’re proud not to have to copy other countries. People can speak how they want, of course they can but I do think though. I think people who are easily swayed with their language just start saying what other people say. You know like this ‘passed’ thing instead of died. They use ‘passed’. I personally think there’s a lot to dissect there…

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